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Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten-free)

The most delicious and easy Vegan Gluten-free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies that are just 7 ingredients, oil-free, made in 1 bowl and dairy-free. Ready in about 20 minutes!

VEGAN PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

I am a vegan cookie making machine, haha. I enjoy creating vegan cookie recipes more than anything else! When I’m not making these really popular, Easy Peanut Butter Cookies, I’m usually making these Vegan Gluten-free Chocolate Cookies or these Best Vegan Thin Mints!

My original vegan peanut butter cookies use almond flour, which many people ask to substitute, so therefore, I needed a go-to gluten-free peanut butter cookie recipe that used different gluten-free flours.

I love that these cookies are super fudgy and moist with a slightly crispy edge. In other words, the perfect cookie texture.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

You don’t need all-purpose flour here. All you need are 7 easy ingredients for these gluten-free peanut butter chocolate chip cookies (+salt if your peanut butter doesn’t have it):

  • White rice flour: This gives a wonderful chew to the cookies and keeps them gluten-free. I use Bob’s Red Mill. It also binds much better than brown rice flour and they aren’t as dry as brown rice flour would make them.
  • Tapioca starch: This replaces eggs and gives browning, structure and a wonderful texture to the cookies. Using all white rice flour would result in them being too gritty. The tapioca balances out the overall texture.
  • Peanut butter: Use an all-natural peanut butter here, without added oil or sugar. Salt is fine. I like the Simple Truth Brand that I buy from Kroger.
  • Maple syrup
  • Baking powder
  • Vanilla extract
  • Dairy-free vegan chocolate chips: I use either the Heb brand, Enjoy Life brand or Sprouts or Trader Joe’s. Always check the ingredient list to make sure milk/dairy is not added.

HOW TO MAKE VEGAN PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Step 1: Add the dry ingredients to a large bowl and whisk them well.

Step 2: Add the peanut butter, syrup, vanilla and chocolate chips. Stir until a thick batter forms.

vegan peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough in bowl

Step 3: Form balls using 2 tablespoons worth of the batter and place about 2 inches apart on the pan, 9 on each pan.

vegan peanut butter chocolate chip cookie balls

Step 4: Flatten each cookie with your hands to 1/4 inch thick which should yield them to about 2 inches wide.

Pre-baked vegan peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

Step 5: Bake for just 10-12 minutes or until the edges are golden. Enjoy!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THESE PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

  • Easy to make with Only 7 ingredients!
  • Gluten-free: Including, not having any oats, which many people cannot eat that avoid gluten. So, they are really allergy-friendly!
  • Fudgy
  • Perfectly sweetened
  • 1 bowl
  • 20 minutes from start to finish!
  • Impress your non-vegan friends and family

TIPS AND SUBSTITUTIONS

  • If you are allergic to peanut butter, you could try cashew butter, since it’s a very similar thickness and texture as peanut butter. You do not want to do almond butter here, it is much more oily and runny. I have plenty of almond butter cookie recipes already on the blog, linked below.
  • If you are not gluten-free  you can try subbing the white rice flour with regular all-purpose flour if you are not gluten-free. See the NOTES below for tips.
  • You can sub the tapioca starch with cornstarch and it will give similar results.
  • Agave can be subbed for the maple syrup.

MORE VEGAN COOKIE RECIPES 

closeup of peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten-free)

Brandi Doming

The most delicious and easy Vegan Gluten-free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies that are just 7 ingredients, oil-free, made in 1 bowl and dairy-free. Ready in about 20 minutes!

Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 12 mins

Total Time 22 mins

Course Dessert

Cuisine American, Gluten-free, Vegan

Servings 18 cookies

Calories 181 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (80g) white rice flour (brown will make them crumble, see NOTES below for sub) This is regular white rice flour, not the “sticky white rice” flour
  • 1/4 cup (32g) tapioca starch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt (if your peanut butter has added salt, then omit)
  • 1/2 cup (160g) pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup (256g) natural creamy peanut butter (with no added oils or sugar) I buy the Simple Truth brand from Kroger
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (180g) dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips

NOTE

  • Always use a scale for accuracy when baking following MY gram weights listed. You never need cups, nor to compare cups with weights, just use the scale and bowl. All my recipes are tested strictly using my weights listed and this will produce exact results.
  • I use this scale.

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F and line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper.

  • Add the rice flour, tapioca starch, baking powder and salt to a large bowl and whisk well.

  • To the same bowl, pour the syrup over the dry ingredients. Add the peanut butter, vanilla and chocolate chip and stir to combine everything. The batter will seem loose and wet at first but you will need to stir for around 2 minutes until it comes together into a thick, cohesive batter. It should no longer be wet. That is the nature of peanut butter.

  • Form balls using 2 tablespoons worth of the batter and place about 2 inches apart on the pan, 9 on each pan. Flatten each cookie with your hands to 1/4 inch thick which should yield them to about 2 inches wide. Flatten them with a patting motion going around the cookie to keep the round shape. Refer to photos in the post for visual help.

  • Bake only 1 pan at a time for 10-12 minutes. I did mine at 12 minutes, this will yield a crispier cookie and a nice golden brown color. Repeat with the 2nd pan.

  • Cool 10 minutes on the pan, no exception, or they will fall apart. They firm up as they cool. Then transfer to cool completely on a rack.

Notes

REGULAR FLOUR: If you are not gluten-free you can try to make these with regular white all-purpose flour, sub the white rice flour with 1/2 cup (64g) and make sure to weigh it for best results. The weight is different with all-purpose flour because it is more absorbent. Because of this, they will likely cook faster and dry out more, so check them a couple of minutes early. You will still need the tapioca starch. I have not tested this version, but it should work very similarly, but cook slightly faster.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 181kcalCarbohydrates: 19.5gProtein: 4.6gFat: 10.4gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 31mgPotassium: 147mgFiber: 2gSugar: 10.6gCalcium: 45mgIron: 2mg

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